Sunday’s Group 1 HK Champions Mile at Sha Tin was won by Contentment, but tragedy befell the event when, with 750m to race, Rapper Dragon, the BMW Hong Kong Derby winner and 1.4 favourite, went lame. Joao Moreira’s mount was racing at the tail of the pack and stopped abruptly.
Rapper Dragon received immediate treatment from the on-course veterinarians and walked into the horse ambulance. The John Moore-trained gelding was taken to the on-site Equine Hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured pelvis.
Head of Veterinary Clinical Services, Dr Christopher Riggs, said: “Rapper Dragon suffered a severe fracture of his pelvis which, unfortunately, was coupled with serious complications. Despite our intensive care in the equine hospital, we were unable to save him.”
Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, said: “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all of those involved in the life and care of Rapper Dragon, in particular, owner Albert Hung and his family.”
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